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Swimmers ready for stretch run

Wildcat junior Heath Westberg posted a personal best time of 2:23.51 in the 200 freestyle to take second place at Thursday night's Big Rivers Conference dual meet against Menomonie. Bob Burrows photo

The Wildcat swimmers continue to drop time as they hit the stretch run of the season.

The Cats mixed things up Thursday night in a Big Rivers Conference dual against Menomonie before taking fifth place at the eight-team Husky Invitational Saturday at Eau Claire North.

"The meet against Menomonie gave many guys the chance to step up and swim in events that were new to them," head coach Brady McAdams said.

Among the swimmers who cut time was heath Westberg, who dropped 16 seconds in the 200 freestyle to finish second with a time of 2 minutes, 23.51 seconds. Westberg also cut over a second off his previous best in the 100 breaststroke to finish third in 1:24.67.

David Benitez Doce cut a second in the 50 freestyle to take fourth in 28.28 seconds, while Tyler Admundson dropped over 5 seconds in the 100 backstroke to take fifth in 1:23.07.

"Shamus Maloney, Garrett Williams, Stephen Slivicki and Tyler Admundson all dropped over a second in the 100 free," McAdams added.

Saturday at the Husky Invite in Eau Claire, River Falls finished fifth with a total of 142 points. Eau Claire took first with 396 followed by Chippewa Falls with 303, Hudson with 202 and Superior with 167.

"The invite is a precursor to the BRC meet, which is coming Feb. 6 to River Falls High School," McAdams said. "Some of the major improvements were Isaac Dzubay, who dropped over a second in the 200 free, Brad Kessler, who dropped over a second in the 200 IM, David Benitez Doce, who dropped over eight seconds in the 100 free, Austin Saari, who dropped over a second in his 100 backstroke, and Tyler Amundsen, who dropped 4.5 seconds on his 100 breaststroke."

Roland Pomfret had the highest individual finish of the meet, taking third in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:53.73.

Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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